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When it comes to new technology and emerging digital opportunities, branding strategist Minter Dial gives companies a strong sense of where to go and what to avoid. Dial is an internationally known speaker and consultant on new technologies and digital branding, the coauthor of the award-winning book Futureproof: How To Get Your Business Ready For The Next Disruption , and a veteran executive with over 2 decades of hands-on experience in leadership and operations.
Dial spent sixteen years in executive positions at L’Oréal where his greatest task was getting senior leaders to see the importance of adapting digital technologies. His career with the company took him to assignments in four different countries.
Dial has delivered over 500 keynotes across 5 continents. He has been rated one of the Top 3 Speakers (out of 150) at the Adobe Summit Conference for three consecutive years. He is fluent and able to present in English, French, and Spanish.
Minter Dial is a professional speaker, storyteller, award-winning author and consultant, specialised in branding, new tech and digital transformation. He is the author of two award-winning books, Futureproof (Pearson 2017) and The Last Ring Home (Myndset 2016), which was turned into an award-winning documentary film he produced and that was shown on PBS (US) and History Channel (ANZ).
He’s a renowned blogger and podcaster on topics of branding and new tech. He’s also published a dozen white papers including The Brand University with Eric Mellet, and Marketing of the 5Es. A repeat entrepreneur straddling a 16-year career at L’Oreal (MD Worldwide of Redken, MD of L’Oreal Canada Professional Products Division and ExCom worldwide of the PPD), he also worked as investment banker, zoo manager and tennis pro.
Minter has given over 500 talks and seminars to audiences in five continents. He was voted top 3 speaker out of 150 at the Adobe Summit EMEA three years in a row (2014-2015-2016).
In terms of studies, Minter was educated at Eton College (1978-1982), received his BA in Trilingual Literature from Yale University (1987) and gained his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (1993). He is passionate about the Grateful Dead, Padel Tennis and languages.
Digital branding strategist, Minter Dial facilitates a dynamic conversation about how to tap into one of the biggest missed opportunities for corporations: personal branding. Surprisingly very few CEOs are online, Dial affirms, in a digital business climate where online presence is a critical tool for connecting with customers. “They could be solving so many issues,” Dial comments on the undeveloped potential.
An online presence is just one factor, though. Dial emphasizes the importance of leaders aligning their personal brand with their corporate brand and fostering a work culture in which your employees are your number one fans. “If they ain’t, why are you expecting the community, the customers to come running to you and think, ‘Oh God, you’re great,’ when inside you don’t believe what you’re saying?” Dial asks. “Allow employees to express themselves, but the only way you’re going to get that is if you the leader demonstrate by example.”
Tech expert and branding strategist, Minter Dial shows you how to seize disruption as an opportunity to infuse creativity and fresh energy into your personal and/or corporate brand. Dial’s interactive keynotes are a holistic blend of new tech trends, branding, and digital strategy. From bitcoin to big data, cyber security to genetics, and 3D printing to driverless cars, Dial puts major disruptive forces into context so that you can better understand how they will change your industry and what you will need to do to move forward with your business.
KEY TOPICS FOR MINTER’S SPEECHES
New tech trends around the globe – with a focus on usages and the impact on business
How to futureproof your business – which are the most disruptive technological forces and how best to adapt to create a long-lasting company that can withstand the winds of change
How to futureproof your brand – with a focus on the complex interplay between company and customer, what are the key assets and principles to create a durable and valuable brand
The full potential of Artificial Empathy – In a world where artificial intelligence is coming on full head of steam, both within and without your organisation, empathy is the killer app. Why and how to optimise your artificial intelligence strategy with empathy yet avoid the fatal flaws.
SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn / take away from your presentations?
DIAL: I’m a big believer in the power of storytelling. I like to relate stories – personal stories when possible — that shake up preconceptions and help to create a new narrative in organizations. With a desire to mix inspiration with pragmatism, I will systematically look to create some quick wins and/or concrete action steps to be taken immediately. I believe that change comes through action and understanding why you need to do so.
SPEAKING.COM: What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event? How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?
DIAL: For a seminar I typically count 1.5x the length of the seminar in terms of conception and preparation. For a keynote, I always customize my speech for the audience for three reasons: (1) to make sure we can fit the customer brief and timing; (2) to update the examples and cases so that they’re the most relevant; and (3) to myself keep myself from getting bored.
I like to use Apple Keynote and will create a slide presentation that is loaded with strong images and few words. Once I have created the right presentation, I tend to do three dry run rehearsals behind closed doors before I go live.
SPEAKING.COM: Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements / unusual situations arise while on the road?
DIAL: Having done over 500 talks, there are many “war” stories. But the show must go on.
While speaking for a client (in banking) at a top team offsite, a second speaker (for dinner) didn’t show up, so I had to conjure up a replacement speech to cover for him. Since I have a number of topics I talk on, it was just a question of finding the right topic. I don’t usually do after-dinner speaking because it usually means being funny … but it worked nicely. I’ve since done quite a few dinner talks..
Among the typical things that happen “on the road,” are problems such as the tech not working or the client requiring me to make my speech shorter than planned. Depending on the amount of warning, the shrinking of a speech can be rather awkward and hurt not just the flow but the strength of the content. But it’s important to remember that the audience doesn’t know what was initially planned. With sufficient time, I’d have made a shorter presentation, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde.
SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?
DIAL: I have a wide span of themes, going from new tech trends, branding, digital transformation to leadership habits all the way up to inspirational talks, so the types of audience that benefit vary. I can speak at large conferences with a heterogeneous audience or to a handful of executives in the boardroom. If I were forced to name a target audience, it would be mid-to-high level executives. The typical job profiles might be marketing, sales and C-suite. In terms of sectors it’s varied: finance, retail, luxury, FMCG, tech…
SPEAKING.COM: Which of your keynote speaking topics are your favorites and why?
DIAL: Probably my favorite speech to deliver is entitled “Energy in Connection” as it seems to resonate so much. So many people seem to be burned out or lacking direction. This speech provides some strong action steps to help people find a sense of purpose, be more time efficient and regain energy. I must say that the topic of Empathy in business and AI has become a hot topic of late.
SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to start doing speaking engagements?
DIAL: I was a thespian at school and always enjoyed public speaking (plays, musicals…). I love the effect of storytelling on people, kids right up through octogenarians.
In my first job out of university, I chaired international meetings and made speeches every morning on the squawk box. At L’Oréal, I became an official spokesperson. As MD of Redken worldwide, I would kick off the annual address of our convention to an audience of 10,000 people. I regularly give talks at schools as well as retirement homes.
I love to move people with stories and help teams to get the energy to face the challenges and change ahead.
SPEAKING.COM: How much do case studies, personal stories and or humor factor into your keynote speech content?
DIAL: I tend to like to include one personal story up front. I will draw on examples and case studies providing I truly understand the insights. Best I can, I will draw on personal experience, including my experience as a senior executive at L’Oréal. My sense of humour can best be described as British and mostly underplayed, but I’m not afraid to employ it.
SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the successes you’ve helped clients make?
DIAL: I would say that the biggest successes are when I am brought in to do consultancy work. I created and ran the Digital Academy for the luxury group, Kering, for three years. In that process, I helped them steer their entire digital transformation programme. I also ran a two-year programme for Samsung to help them with their digital marketing.
The most lasting effect of my speech, Energy in Connection, is to help people to find their true North. I’ve had many times feedback that this has had the biggest effect on them.
Rod Banner, Adgistics Executive Chairman
“Minter Dial’s a showman, a storyteller, a prognosticator. He’s also a mine of interesting, provocative, insightful information.”
Paul Rouke, Founder & CEO @PRWD
“One of the most compelling, passionate and relatable speakers I have seen in the last 10 years. Thank you @mdial #BIASW”
Michael Caselli, Founder and Editor in Chief iGaming, NED Clarion Events
“Minter is an enthusiastic and inspiring speaker, moderator and chair and has been a go-to attraction for several of our conferences in the past and will be again for future shows. His breadth of knowledge and experience is matched only by the passion with which he delivers his message. He has also been instrumental in helping me formulate themes and developing new ideas for our shows.”
Niki Danko, Retail Sales Director, L’Oreal
“Minter thinks of the impossible and works on making it possible… When he speaks you want to hear what he has to say. His debating skills are legendary.”
Becky Liggero, Reporter, CalvinAyre.com
“One of my favorite speakers at the iGaming Super Show was Minter Dial of the Myndset Company, chair and keynote speaker at the Player Acquisition Strategies conference.”
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Heartificial Empathy: Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence
Heartificial Empathy explores the power of empathy, one of the most untapped levers of productivity in business. In the new tech-infused era, where companies continue to scramble with digital transformation, trying to be more customer centric and spurring innovation and growth, empathy is a killer app. Yet, it can’t be taught. Empathy can only be learned. The same is true of both human beings and machines. Heartificial Empathy looks at some of the pioneering work being done on making bots more sentient and empathic. It also grapples with the major business and ethical challenges associated with making organisations and machines more empathic. Heartificial Empathy attempts to lay out the business case and a path for putting more heart and empathy into business and machines for a healthier and more profitable future.
Futureproof: How To Get Your Business Ready For The Next Disruption
There is a lot of talk about Disruption. Everyone is looking to be the Uber of Something. What does it mean for your business to be Futureproof? How do you ensure that you’re responding to the right technology? What thinking is essential when it comes to rolling your sleeves up and implementing solutions well?
Futureproof explores the three core mindsets and twelve disruptive technologies that you must have in today’s age to help you grow your business, see success and get ready for the next disruption.
Award Winner: Futureproof won the Business Book Award 2018 in the category of Embracing Change. It has also been nominated for FT Business Book of the Year 2018.
The Last Ring Home, A POW’s Lasting Legacy of Courage, Love, and Honor in World War II by Minter Dial II
The Last Ring Home is the story of Lt Minter Dial’s Annapolis Naval Academy ring, that miraculously made its way home 17 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII. The Last Ring Home is a tribute to Lt Dial, the producer’s grandfather, and all members of the Greatest Generation. It is also a journey of self-discovery, having an impact on the filmmaker, his wider family and many other people in its wake. This story, which took over 25 years of research, illustrates the importance of serendipity and the role of good and bad luck in piecing together a personal history of someone who died 70 years ago. The Last Ring Home is to inspire everyone to uncover their own personal history, to keep a foot in their past and the other in the future, and to be thankful for the tremendous present in which we live, thanks to the sacrifices of the those who fought in WWII.
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